About the Contest
The Lasker Essay Contest engages early career scientists and clinicians from the US and around the globe in a discussion about big questions in biology and medicine and the role of biomedical research in our society today. The Contest aims to build skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to broad audiences. The topic is announced annually in early February, and winners are announced in early July.
The Contest is open to medical school students, interns, residents, and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical sciences; and graduate students training in health professions programs e.g., public health, dental, pharmacy, etc. Applicants (from the US or any other countries) must be currently participating in an educational program. This program may be located in any country.
Winners will receive up to $5,000. Monetary prizes will be directed to the winner’s university to be used towards the winner’s educational expenses.
Essays should be 800 words or less and must be written in English. The file containing the essay should include the essay title and the applicant’s name, email, and institutional affiliation. References are not counted towards the 800-word limit. Field-specific scientific jargon should be avoided or explained.
Essays will be evaluated based on their originality, quality of writing, style, and clarity. Essays that are not written in English or are longer than 800 words will not be considered.